Uh, it's almost Thanksgiving! This month is almost over--and it's a complete blur. The month started with a work trip and ends with a fun trip to spend time with our close friends, with the shock of the election in between. Everything else is a bit fuzzy and happened quickly. I haven't posted much this month … Continue reading A turkey walks into a bar…
Growing up, for every birthday and every holiday, we had (still do!) something sweet--sometimes many, many sweet things and always cake. Mostly, the sweets were made by my mom, who stayed up all night or many nights in a row mixing, baking, and, when there was cake, decorating. One birthday, I had a Barbie doll cake … Continue reading For the love of cake
I grew up in the deep, deep South. Summers--and most of the year--were filled with thick, suffocatingly hot days and the nights were only marginally cooler, sometimes. I was a kid, I didn't notice. There was a pool to cool off in or a popsicle or ice cream to eat; and, there was fun to … Continue reading Summers, past & present
Wow, it's warm in Seattle this week! Now, this doesn't happen that often, and the Southerner in me laughs at the idea that this is hot but...it's 92 degrees and we DON'T HAVE AIR-CONDITIONING, only a couple of fans. Yes, it's not humid and the temperature will cool down late at night, allowing me to … Continue reading Hot day, cold drink
Summer is in full swing here--sunny outside (most days, anyway) and blissfully quiet at work. I get up in the morning and it's sunny; I get home in the evening and it's light out until after 9:00, plenty of time to play fetch with Roux and then sit on the deck and enjoy the evening, … Continue reading Oh, sherbet!
Every weekend during the summer, I buy too much fruit for me and Skip to consume before it turns to mush. I can freeze it, yes, but I'm notorious for putting things on a cookie sheet and placing it in the freezer--then, forgetting about it completely until I need the cookie sheet usually months later, … Continue reading Red Currant-Orange Shrub
Holy moly, folks, it's July! Where did the first half of this year go?? The last few days of June were perfect--no 'Juneuary' this year (or last year!). For those not in the PNW, June to July 4th is often a crazy, unpredictable weather time. It's rainy and cool, sometimes downright cold, and the next … Continue reading Buttermilk Berry Cake
Sigh...my birthday weekend has come to a close! But, it started with a wonderful evening with Skip and a couple of close friends and ended with a lot of unexpected sunshine, Mars, and rhubarb (mostly) crumble that was almost a cake. Hard to complain with such a lovely start to being 41. This afternoon, after a … Continue reading Mostly Rhubarb Crumble